first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau flew to British Columbia to meet with members of the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee for the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project in Cheam B.C. Tuesday.The committee was put together in January and consists of eleven different First Nation communities along the pipeline route.It provides advice about a broad range of issues including environmental and socio-economic outcomes and safety.Trudeau was met by a group of about 30 water protectors carrying signs and drumming.thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img read more


first_img 5 min read October 4, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free When M.G. Siegler started using Gmail’s task feature to convert his emails into a to-do list, he made a shocking discovery.As many as 50 to 75 percent of the emails he received were actually to-dos from other people.Related: Get it Done: 35 Habits of the Most Productive People (Infographic)Taken individually, each request was reasonable. But, in aggregate, “this is a nightmare,” wrote the general partner at GV, formerly known as Google Ventures. “There’s no way anyone could manage such a system without spending the vast majority of their day doing email.”This, in a nutshell, captures the essence of the email crisis that’s eroding the productivity of companies across the globe. Email has become so entrenched in our business processes that many workers resort to using their inbox as a daily to-do list — a tendency so common that email providers like Google and Microsoft have taken notice, adding task management features to help make it easier. But, treating email as a task manager only encourages employees to spend more time using an inefficient tool that already consumes (and wastes) a disproportionate number of company hours. Consider:Employees spend up to 40 percent of their time reading internal emails.One in five knowledge workers cite email as their biggest time sink.As much as 80 percent of email traffic is “waste.”Unnecessary emails cost businesses an estimated $650 billion a year in productivity.As research increasingly demonstrates how email overload takes too much energy, erodes concentration and elevates stress levels at work, the writing on the wall is clear: companies that want to reclaim lost productivity need to reduce the email load, stat. That means removing everything from the inbox that doesn’t need to be there — starting with the to-do list.Related: How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That WorkWhy email makes a terrible task managerUsing email as a task manager is like using a screwdriver to pound a nail. It can work, sort of, but it’s the wrong tool for the job.Although inextricably linked, communication and task management are two separate things, argues researcher and author Alexandra Samuel. Mashing them together only makes both more cumbersome.”If you’re conflating email and task management, then the job of communicating — reading and replying to your messages — gets bogged down by all the emails you leave sitting in your inbox simply so you won’t forget to address them,” she wrote in Harvard Business Review. “This approach also makes managing your to-do-list problematic: When you need to quickly identify the right task to take on next, nothing slows you down like diving into your inbox to scroll through old messages.”Tracking tasks through email also requires you to keep your email program running all day, opening the door for distractions. Employees already check their email as often as 36 times an hour. After each interruption, it takes an average of 23 minutes to get back to their original task. All of this back-and-forth switching ultimately hampers productivity by up to 40 percent.”Emails, after all, are disruptive,” says New York magazine writer Jennifer Senior. “It takes startup energy to read them; it takes energy to reorient and reboot once we’re returned to the task we’ve left. Over the course of a week, the price can be measured in hours.”Related: 4 Reliable Signs Someone Is About to Waste Your TimeA better way to do to-do listsSeparating email from task management can materially affect staff performance. While email overload depletes the energy of employees, actually completing tasks energizes them — case in point, we all know those people who actually add things to a to-do list just to be able to cross them off! Getting things done makes people happier and more engaged at work, and employees perform better when they’re able to focus on the work they believe matters most.An effective task management tool works in concert with communication tools like email and messengers to help employees waste less time answering emails and spend more time doing meaningful work. And the next generation of productivity tools will need to go a step further — they’ll need to enable employees to manage all of their daily tasks in a single place without having to toggle between email and other tools. In addition, these tools will need to allow workers to complete tasks wherever they are working — on any device, company intranet or messenger. This not only provides them with a simple work experience, but also gives them the freedom to shut out email distractions whenever they need to plow through their to-do list.Effective task management is all about efficiency. Given email’s burgeoning reputation as a massive time sink, it’s obvious that this burdensome communication tool isn’t the best solution. Taking to-do lists out of email and putting them where employees are working on a task helps minimize distractions, reduce the amount of time employees spend in their inboxes, and ultimately, improve productivity.last_img read more


first_imgLG Electronics USA has signed a deal with The Walt Disney Studios that will see 3D Disney movies added to the 3D World rental application on LG’s Smart TV platform.3D titles including Toy Story and Alice in Wonderland are now available for rental. Future titles including Marvel’s The Avengers and Brave will be added to the Smart TV platform.“Providing consumers with the latest blockbuster hits from Disney is another boost for Smart TV in the home and a perfect fit for our family approach to enjoying our home entertainment products,” said James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing and go-to-market operations, LG Electronics USA.last_img read more


first_imgThomson Video Networks is due to display a range of its ViBE solutions at ANGA COM, including its ViBE CP6000 contribution platform.The CP6000 is a multi-format platform for contribution of live video. It has eight HD channels per one rack unit chassis and MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 codecs can be enabled with software licensing.The ViBE EM4000 multi-channel HD encoder is aimed particularly at premium broadcast services and uses Thomson video networks’ Mustang 2.0 compression technology. Thomson claims this delivers efficiency improvements of 20% or more when encoding in MPEG-4 AVC, freeing up bandwidth that can be used to broadcast an extra channel per multiplex or transponder.The ViBE EM4000 can encode up to eight HD or SD channels in a single Rack unit, includes built-in statistical multiplexing for optimal bandwidth efficiencyFor upgrading SD channels to HD, Like all members of the ViBE EM series, the EM4000 now includes automatic loudness control to comply with international standards such as the U.S. CALM Act, ITU BS.1770, and EBU R128 and features built-in teletext-to-DVB subtitling capabilities.last_img read more


first_imgViu, the Asian rival to Netflix from telco giant PCCW, has hit six million subscribers in the region.The streaming service, which is both freemium and SVOD, launched in late 2015 and said it had hit four million subs last November. That total has increased sharply in the latest subs announcement as Viu has gained traction in new territories.Viu is now in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt and Bahrain.PCCW in investing in local originals for the service. Its current slate includes a colalboration with Korean celebrity Song Ji Hyo (Running Man). SYS Productions is making fashion series Song Ji Hyo’s Beauty Views.For Chinese-speaing viewers there is romantic drama Margaret And David – Green Bean, in India, Hindi-language dramas Gehraiyaan and Spotlight and Telegu-language pillA and Pelli Gola.“It is indeed very encouraging to see the high engagement with our users who spend almost 100 minutes a day viewing their favourite content on Viu,” said Janice Lee, managing director, PCCW Media Group.“This stickiness helps propel the business of our telco partners, benefits content providers, drives subscriptions and boosts the consumption of online advertisements for advertisers who leverage Viu’s regional platform to reach the millennials who are more receptive to digital advertisements.”last_img read more